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Man dies following explosion at Sterecycle plant

A man has died and another man has been seriously injured after an explosion at Sterecycle’s autoclave facility in Rotherham.

The 42-year-old man died as a result of injuries he sustained when an explosion took place yesterday (11 January) at around 2.40pm. The force of the explosion blew a hole in the side of the plant, even damaging parked cars across the road.

In a statement Sterecycle said: “It is with great sadness that Sterecycle, the waste treatment and renewable power company, announces the death of one its employee at its Rotherham waste treatment plant. This follows a serious incident at the plant at approximately 2.40pm yesterday.”

South Yorkshire Police report the other person, a 50-year-old man from Barnsley, currently at Northern General Hospital is suffering from “serious potentially life-changing, head and body injuries”.

According to media reports, Sterecycle has confirmed the cause of the explosion will be investigated, but it is thought there was a sudden loss of pressure due to the failure of one of the pressure valves used in the waste treatment process.

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